Mads Mikkelsen has said it was a "shocker" to be cast as Johnny Depp's replacement in Fantastic Beasts 3

James Bond actor Mikkelsen will take over the role of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald from Depp in the third film in the franchise.

Depp stepped down from the role after losing his high-profile libel case against The Sun newspaper over an article which labelled him a "wife beater".

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Mikkelsen said: "Well it's going to be me, so that's a difference."

He also said it will be "tricky" to bridge the gap between Depp's Grindelwald and his own. 

"There has to be a bridge between what Johnny did and what I'm going to do. And at the same time, I also have to make it my own. But also we have to find a few links and some bridges so it doesn't completely detach from what he's already masterfully achieved."

Speaking about the circumstances that led to his casting, Mikkelsen admitted that "job wise, it's obviously super interesting and nice" - but that it was also "a shocker".

He added: "It's also a shocker that it came after what happened, which is just super sad.

"I wish both of them the best. These are sad circumstances. I hope both of them will be back in the saddle again really soon."

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